This risotto is a great option for a winter dinner because it is quick and easy to make, it is as warm and comforting as a bowl of soup, and, of course, it tastes delicious. We have tried out a couple of other risotto recipes, and this one is by far the best. It’s so good that we have made it multiple times. The combination of caramelized onions, herbs, and chicken make it truly delicious. It does have a couple finicky steps, but none are as tricky or time-consuming as they seem. Give it a try, because believe us, you won’t be sorry!
Risotto with Chicken and Caramelized Onions
Recipe from Annie’s Eats
Serves About 6
1½ tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
Pinch of sugar
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
¾ tsp. salt
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 cups Arborio (medium grain) rice
1 cup dry white wine
2 oz. grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 cup)
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
2 tbsp. minced fresh chives
Ground black pepper
Add 1½ teaspoons of the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and sugar. Stir to coat. Allow the onion to cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown and caramelized. Remove the onions and set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the chicken broth and water and bring to a simmer. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet used to cook the onions set over medium-high heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Transfer the chicken to the heated skillet and cook, turning once, until each side is a light golden brown. Remove from the heat and transfer the chicken pieces to the saucepan with the simmering broth mixture. Let cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165˚ F or until no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the broth.
Add 2 tablespoons of the butter to a Dutch oven set over medium heat. Once melted, add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the rice to the pan, stirring to coat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the grains are translucent around the edges, about 3 minutes.
Add the wine and cook, stirring constantly, until fully absorbed, about 2-3 minutes. Stir 5 cups of hot broth mixture into the rice. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until almost all liquid has been absorbed and the rice is just al dente, 16-19 minutes, stirring twice during cooking.
Add ¾ cup of the hot broth mixture to the risotto and stir gently and constantly until the risotto becomes creamy, about 3 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
Shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Stir the shredded chicken and caramelized onions into the risotto with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, lemon juice, parsley and chives. Season to taste. If desired, add up to ½ cup of the remaining broth mixture to add moisture and loosen the texture. Serve immediately.